Heirs of God

Romans 8:17

Principle for Bible Reading

Our adoption as sons and daughters of God is a deep and glorious blessing. In this lab, drawing on several other texts, John Piper asks what it means that we will be glorified with Christ and share in his inheritance.

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Prayer/Review (00:00–00:45)

Who Are the Children of God? (00:45–02:08)

What is the evidence that we are, in fact, children of God?

  1. We are not debtors to the flesh to live according to the flesh (Romans 8:12).
  2. We put to death the deeds of the body by the Spirit (Romans 8:13).
  3. We are led by the Spirit of God (Romans 8:14).
  4. We cry to God in humble dependence, as with a Father (Romans 8:15).

The Benefits of Being a Child of God (02:08–09:19)

  1. We will be glorified with Christ — made glorious. (Romans 8:17; cf. Romans 8:28–30; Matthew 13:43)
  2. We will be heirs with Christ of all things. (Romans 8:17, cf. Romans 4:13; 1 Corinthians 3:21–23)
  3. We will suffer with Christ., experiencing all kinds of hardship and pain in this life. (Romans 8:14, cf. 2 Corinthians 4:17)

Study Questions

  1. What does it mean for us to be heirs of God? Can you think of other verses that might help someone understand our inheritance with Christ?
  2. Read Romans 8:28–30 and Matthew 13:43. How does this help you define what it means that we will be glorified with Christ?
  3. Paul says we will be heirs if we suffer with Christ. Does that mean everyone must suffer in order to be saved? And what kind of suffering is he talking about?
Piper: “We won’t be able to handle the spectacular inheritance we will receive unless we have been glorified.”

‘The Greatest Chapter’ Series

This lab is part of a series through Romans 8. Taking a verse or two at a time, John Piper unfolds the other-worldly realities in these thirty-nine verses, all along pointing out general, practical principles for understanding and applying the Bible’s meaning. Visit ‘The Greatest Chapter’ series page to see all the labs in this series.